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Inhaled Insulin Dosage

General Dosage Information for Inhaled Insulin

Considerations for people taking inhaled insulin include the following:
  • Inhaled insulin comes in blister packets that contain the powder. This powder must be used in the inhaler.
  • There are several steps involved in using the inhaler. It will come with detailed instructions, but make sure your healthcare provider shows you exactly how to use the inhaler.
  • You will inhale the powder into your lungs through your mouth with a normal breath and then hold your breath for five seconds.
  • Inhaled insulin works quickly; you should inhale your dose within 10 minutes before a meal. Taking the drug more than 10 minutes before a meal could increase your chance of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). If you skip a meal, you should also skip that inhaled insulin dose.
  • Make sure you know exactly how to adjust your inhaled insulin dosage and how (and when) to test your blood sugar.
  • For inhaled insulin to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop using it, nor will it work if you use it differently from how your healthcare provider recommends.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to inhaled insulin or your inhaled insulin dosing, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the medication without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
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